Winthrop Harbor teen gets 6 years for molesting kids at mother’s day care
By Jim Newton jnewton@stmedianetwork | @jimnewton5 August 22, 2013 12:00PM
Brett A. Degler
Updated: September 24, 2013 6:24AM
A negotiated guilty plea, including a six-year prison sentence and subsequent periodic imprisonment, was accepted in court Thursday, Aug. 22, in the case against Winthrop Harbor resident Brett Degler, who admitted to molesting two children at his mother’s home day-care business.
Circuit Court Judge Victoria Rossetti accepted the plea, which was negotiated between prosecutors and defense attorneys for Degler, who is now 19 and was 17 when the crimes took place.
A jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 19. If convicted, he could have been sentenced to as much as 60 years in prison.
Degler pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony, and attempted predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class one felony, for incidents involving victims age 4 and 10.
The assaults took place at the Winthrop Harbor home day-care operation run by his mother, with whom he lived. One occurred on March 6, 2012 and the other between Nov. 1, 2011 and Jan. 31, 2012.
Degler’s mother immediately relinquished her license for the facility when she learned of her son’s arrest.
Since his arrest, Degler has served 526 days in Lake County Jail, which will be credited toward his sentence.
Under the agreement, Degler was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, and will be required to serve at least 85 percent of that term, followed by 48 months of periodic imprisonment in Lake County Jail, under which he will only be released for work and potential sex offender treatment.
He also must register as a sex offender for life, have no contact with children under 17 and have no contact with the victims in the case.